My name is Jupiter Reeves, and I am a fraud.
It’s not that what’s written about me isn’t true.
I am the greatest third baseman of my generation, possibly ever.
I am surly and unapproachable.
I do have a constant scowl, with an armour of tattoos.
And to the outside world, I play my role as the bad boy of baseball like I was born to do it.
But when the doors are closed and you boil it down, I’m nothing more than a man who lost his heart too young, with no prospect of getting it back… especially as I still have no idea where its current owner is.
That was until I was offered an opportunity I couldn’t refuse:
Leave the Los Angeles Dodgers – where I’ve played my entire career – and join The New York Lions in exchange for tracking down the one woman who’s consumed me since the day I first saw her fourteen years ago.
Now we’re under the same roof once again; except Marnie Matthews wants nothing to do with me, or my heart.
So along with winning the Commissioner’s Trophy, I have the added challenge of winning back the only woman I’ve ever loved before the season ends, and convince her to stay in New York with me.
I might have been stupid enough to lose her once, but I’m definitely not going to do it again.
Marnie Matthews is about to become the biggest achievement of my life.
Title: The Third Baseman (New York Lions, #1)
Author: Lulu Moore
Publication Date: March 29, 2023
Genres: Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary
This story was interesting. I love a second chance romance, especially from high school. And this one held yeeeeears of pining which is also very fun. Mix that with professional athlete brood and an unwilling heroine and you have yourself a story.
I enjoyed reading about baseman romance for once! Don’t get me wrong. I love hockey and football romance as much as the next gal, but it was refreshing to get another sport in the routine. And who can resist the uniforms.
I kinda got the feeling the author did not grow up in America. Some of the words and phrasing used throughout the book felt a little off from what I’m used to heading in America. Since this book takes place in the States, it threw me off a little.
Jupiter’s whole thing was being demanding and dominant, but it was a little much for me. This is acknowledged a little bit in the book and Jupiter says he’ll back off, but he really doesn’t. Nothing really changes and I hoped it would. He didn’t need to change his entire personality or whatever, but I wanted to see some growth.
I didn’t know going in that this book is a spring-off from the New York Players series, specifically the book Drew. This book would probably be more enjoyable if you read that book/series first since this one has some of the same characters, but it’s definitely not necessary.
Overall, I liked reading this book, but it won’t be at the top of my list to recommend.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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